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LIVRE D’ARTISTE,  ARTIST'S BOOK

An artist's book uses the many techniques of bookbinding, borrows from the visual arts, from sculpture and other fine arts, and may turn into a book-as-an-object. Fonctional or unconventional, the brainchild of one or many artists, it will inevitably turn out to be an extraordinary product.

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Acrylic paints and brushes…





...plus a small dessicated fish, found on the beach…
     




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...and you have the makings for a linocut !




From the collection « Pour une poignée de livres » …





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… Le livre fou, by Mireille Francoeur, binding by Hélène Francoeur



A Balinese style binding with it’s case



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Azed, a manuscript spelling book by famous Québec author Pierre Morency, made up and bound by Hélène Francoeur, edited by Les Lieurs de Livres in a limited edition of three, bound in suede, with gold thread lacing, opened at the letter B page


One of the three monotypes by Karine Benvenutti, commissionned for Le rêve italien, a letterpress limited edition of 34, edited by Les Lieurs de Livres


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On an 18 by 60 cm translucent parchment made up of a cow’s intestine, “Rue de Mordcoeur”, a sad, manuscript poem written by a right-handed Hélène Francoeur with the hand that is directly connected to the heart, i.e. the left hand



One of the three copies of Poème flou avec dragons, an imaginative realization by the Francoeur sisters, with Mireille as the author, Annie as the illustrator, and Hélène as the bookbinder
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« Tous les dragons qui nuisent au décor s’effaceront », an illustration by Annie Francoeur for Poème flou avec dragons.






Olaku Leku Biar. An artist's book produced during a one day intensive workshop, in the course of which a challenge is proposed to the participants. I hand out a poem written in a language most of them cannot understand but that is still spoken today. The participants play the game and transcribe into their own language what they guess of the poem to be. Then we photocopy and add drawings and colours, producing a limited edition which we then learn how to bind Japanese style.
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Handmade paper with old keys relief…



…and it’s reverse
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